Introducing James and the Giant Peach, with Taika and Friends!

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Roald Dahl HQ
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2:00pm, 18th May

Taika Waititi is stepping aboard a certain giant peach, and he's invited some rather unexpected friends along for the adventure!

Over the next few weeks, the extraordinary Taika Waititi will be reading James and the Giant Peach in full, across 10 episodes - and he'll be joined by some rather famous faces along the way.

The collaboration between Roald Dahl, Taika Waititi and the star-studded line-up of guests is part of our commitment to giving £1 million to COVID-19 impacted charities, including Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which provides specialist nurses to seriously ill children in the UK - and Partners In Health, a global health non-profit, who are operating at the front line in the battle against COVID-19 in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world.

The first two episodes star Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, Nick Kroll, and brothers Chris and Liam Hemsworth, and are all available to watch are available now on YouTube.Once you've feasted your eyes on those, there will be new episodes available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm BST.

Watch out for faces including Utkarsh Ambudkar, Cate Blanchett, Jamie Cullum, Benedict Cumberbatch, Roman Griffin Davis, Cara Delevingne, Cynthia Erivo, Beanie Feldstein, Josh Gad, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Mindy Kaling, Nick Kroll, Kumail Nanjiani, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Billy Porter, Gordon Ramsay, Eddie Redmayne, Ryan Reynolds, Ben Schwartz, Meryl Streep, Tessa Thompson, Olivia Wilde, Ruth Wilson and Archie Yates, with a number of guests still to be announced.

And that's not all! With each new episode we'll be launching new activities on the Taika and Friends hub. From crafts and competitions to eco-friendly experiments, we hope they're all things that families like yours will enjoy doing together.

If you can, please donate to Partners in Health, and thanks for watching.